Your upcoming movie Endgray Manor - in a few words, what is
Six girls from the modern day are sent to Endgray Manor, which is a
place out of time and out of area, where things aren’t as they appear.
The correctional facility was established so that disruptive girls from
the modern world could be re-educated in the ways of expected female
behaviour. Many, on arrival, try to resist, but
attempts are futile and no good comes from their refusal to co-operate. Those that do learn quickly how to survive in the system, will
never return to their old ways. Those that don’t learn, well, there’s
no use for them at Endgray Manor. It is as if the brutish professors have
put them under some kind of spell, but there’s nothing magical about
What brought the project into being in the
An idea came to me one day at work. So I sat
and wrote for 4 hours. After these 4 hours the script, cast and creative
vision for the whole film project was formed and I decided to move forward
with it. It was a slow steady build up to begin with, as I didn’t want
to ask people to give up their time for me and my film idea. Once I asked
though, people were very encouraging and all wanted to be involved, which
is an amazing feeling especially when they are all very busy, talented
What were your sources of inspiration when
writing Endgray Manor?
be totally honest I wanted to write a script that incorporated a certain
couple of the people as the main characters of the plot. I wanted to
develop a piece that could be acted with sincerity and create a story that
could be easily learnt and performed by these certain few people.
for the piece are George Orwell’s 1984 and the idea of a Borstal
type institute, but for girls, not boys. It could be labelled as a St
Trinian’s meets Bad Girls in Utopia-cross.
What can you tell us about
the intended look and feel of your movie?
There will be a
very old, minimalistic look and feel to the film. There will be elements
of psychological and spooky atmospheres created on set to be portrayed
through the story. There will be a narrative flow to the piece only
interrupted by the system working its “magic” on the new girls.
Overall it will have a sinister, smooth, mystical quality that will entice
both actors and viewers.
can tell us about your key cast and crew yet, will you be in it, and how
much (creative) control will you have behind the camera?
– here I must mention that John Sullivan is going to be an incredible
force behind the camera and the whole thing will not exist without him
there on set. As for creative control for me behind the camera, this will
be a well kept secret until it turns out how I want it to and then I will
take all the credit! On a serious note though, I visualised the costumes
when I wrote the piece and have sourced these. The way the action is
caught on camera is all very much written into the script and will need to
be accurately executed in order to create certain effects needed in the
Cast – there are too many to mention and I wouldn’t like to single
some out and not others. I assure you they are all fantastic actors, or
will be by the time I’ve finished with them, and no part is
insignificant so it will be a great set to be on with so many in the
business and all integral to the piece.
of the key components of a movie like Endgray Manor seems to be the
location - so what can you tell us about yours?
can’t say too much about the location but the locations I have chosen
are beautiful and awe inspiring. They haven’t been used for film before
- which is a great shock as they are incredible spaces and venues.
Manor is not falling down, but if you touched it you might think it would
crumble from the lightest graze. Like a boarding school, there are dorms,
classrooms, dining rooms and outdoor courtyard areas for activities, but
not like the pastimes you’d expect at a boarding school. Although the
Manor is impressive in size, it is as if there is no room for extra
clutter or personal items, minimalistic yet grand...
as I know, as we speak Endgray Manor is still in its fundraising
stages - so what can you tell us about your fundraising efforts?
directly to www.kickstarter.com
and searching for “Endgray Manor” is a great way to find out about our
fund raising activity. With the 11th of May as the deadline for
our money to be raised we need your help, now! You can also follow the
link direct to our project page and make a donation...
a pledge and help us get started, there are rewards!
your funds are raised, how do you plan to proceed, and any idea when and
where the film will be released onto the general public yet?
plan is to enter the film into a film festival in Nottingham in November
this year and possibly even into other established film festivals. Those
that make a pledge and chose a copy of the film as a reward will receive
this by January 2014. Keep up to date with us for promotional trailers and
future projects beyond Endgray Manor?
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